Sensory Activites

Sensory Activities

We're Going on a Spring Walk by Charlotte Gallimore


You will need:

  • Umbrella
  • Items of interest to hang e.g.  Ribbons, lights, Cds, beads, scarves, bangles, kitchen utensils, small toys

Umbrella 1   Umbrella 2

Umbrella 3

Sensory umbrellas create a small space to engage and stimulate students. They are super easy to make and can be themed to whatever you child finds exciting.

Any umbrella you have is fine, thread items through the umbrella spokes or peg items around the edge. If you have some fairy lights and shiny items they can create wonderful colours. Disco lights projecting up at umbrellas also create wonderful effects.

Children can either be laid underneath the umbrella or they can be held above them in wheel chairs or hung up.

Theme Ideas-

Goldilocks- hang small bears and wooden spoons

Super heroes-  hang small figures, shine torches on umbrella as ‘Batman’ call light.

Under the sea- ribbons as seaweed, Cds to reflect light, strips of bubble wrap, fish cut out of card.

Space- fairy lights, space blankets, Rockets, small balls cello taped to string as planets


You will need:

Odd or old socks

Ribbon or string to tie tops

Items with different texture qualities- bottle tops, dried rice, cornflakes, plastic bags, bells, sponges, herbs, food flavourings, playdoh, shaving foam, beads




Place chosen item inside socks and tie the tops with ribbons. Allow your child to explore the different socks using their senses. What do they sound like, feel like, smell like!

When adding scents into socks you may want to consider putting drops onto a sponge, hankie or tissue before placing inside.

You could add ‘wet’ textures like shaving foam, hair gel, playdoh by adding them into a ziplock bag first- be sure to squeeze air out and do them up securely first!



You could put the same items in two socks- to make a matching game

Can you match by sound, smell and sight?

Can you guess what’s in the sock?

Sensory Learning Ideas

COVID19 educational resources

Massage Songs

Bring me Sunshine sensory massage song

Peace at Last massage story

The Tiny Seed massage story

Jack and the Beanstalk sensory massage story

The Weather Massage

Sensory massage Stories

Colours of the Rainbow massage story


Sensory stories

We're Going On A Bear Hunt

Whole World

Beauty Sleeps - A Sleepy Sensory Story

Beauty Sleeps - A Sleepy Sensory Story (.pdf file)

Latest News

Posted on: 13/05/2020

Fordwater Update

Fordwater Update Dear Parents and Carers, I hope this correspondence finds you all well. I am writing to update you on the current situation following Sundays announcement from the Prime Minister. Since Sunday there have been several documents published that have talked about more pupils returning to school. Specifically primary aged children in identified year groups. Special Schools have NOT been asked to bring specific year groups back into school. We have been asked to continue to support children of keyworkers with no other childcare options and children who for different reasons are some of the most vulnerable. These pupils will mostly have social workers who have been closely involved in risk assessing their attendance at school with school leaders and the safeguarding team. None of these pupils are currently in school full time. This week we have increased our numbers on site by a very small number who fall into this category. This is an indication of how we are looking to slowly reintroduce pupils into school. However this needs to be incredibly measured, risk assessed and monitored. There is no definitive date for increasing numbers and we will continue to reintroduce pupils on a case by case basis if it is safe and possible. In many ways our position at school remains unchanged and we will not make any huge changes in increasing numbers until we have clear evidence that it is safe for more pupils to be in school. We want to try and provide some time in school for Year 14s before the end of the Summer Term. Obviously this is only if it is appropriate for the individual and if parents are comfortable and happy with what we propose. As yet we have not planned this. As I have indicated in the Bugle we are not expecting pupils to return to school if parents and carers feel they are safer at home. Whilst I know that in some cases it is hard, in the vast majority of cases, home remains the safest place for our children. Whilst we are all desperate to have pupils back in and whilst we know the benefits of school for our young people we have to ensure that it is safe for the whole school community. We need to ensure we have enough staff on site who are able to work safely with our pupils. Maintaining social distancing is very difficult in a school such as Fordwater and therefore in order to try and maintain any of the national guidance we cannot have too many pupils and staff in school at any one time. We will continue to call you weekly to see how you are. Please continue to use the support email if you have any questions or concerns that need to be addressed by school leaders. We will continue to update everyone via ParentMail and with the weekly Bugle. It has been wonderful to see such lovely pictures of our pupils at home during this time. We will continue to provide fortnightly individualised class newsletters to help families with home learning options. We will update our website regularly with activities and information. Annual Review packs will be sent out to each family in the coming weeks. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s current EHCP needs whilst they are at home then please discuss that during your weekly call with your teacher or use the support email. Thank you to everyone in the Fordwater community for their ongoing support and teamwork during this time. Safety and Wellbeing of everyone is our priority and we are doing all we can in this difficult time to try and prioritise that. Stay Safe and Stay Well. Sophie
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